This Week in Milford

December 16, 2020

Make Vrooom for Dougie

Boy, that was a great move by Gil, benching his first- and second-string QBs out of spite to let his emergency QB play out the string and get injured so he can’t play basketball. Stroke of genius there, Arschloch.

That walking boot isn’t enough to keep poor Fleming from hobbling to The Bucket for a beverage and a communal basket of fries. (The heat must not be working well there since yet another kid with keyhole bangs won’t take his toque off. Then again, that may be a watch cap and pea coat he’s wearing and he’s soon off to take first watch. Does Milford High have a JNROTC?) Doug Guthrie, on the other hand, isn’t hobbling or walking to The Bucket but announcing his arrival with a VROOOM! Could this be shades of 1958, when Gil’s biggest challenges to Mudlark success weren’t his shitty coaching ability and dim-witted players Milford’s rivals in the Valley but hot rods and jobs to pay for hot rods? We’ll know for sure when Gil tells his players to start taking more set shots and underhanded free throws. A call (and another shout-out of thanks) to TWIM‘s Sports Information Director billytheskink may be in order.


  1. Gil’s other problem back in 1958 was a little wise-ass named Zip Gust….maybe VROOM VROOM guy is such a character; either way, he’s gotta be better than Alexa Watson, The ‘Mayor’, and ‘Corina Karena’. I hope that he has no connection to ‘Pheebs, otherwise, he will just be another annoying douche. Anyhoo, it’s agood time to reference King Crimson:

    Comment by franku2016 — December 16, 2020 @ 10:22 am

  2. NoNoNo,
    Is this another Aardvark/Mayor character???? Only he’s with those motorcycle riders in “Easy Rider”.
    I can see an altered ending to that movie
    Two rednecks in a pickup truck shout at the motorcycle riders
    “You need a new coach!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    None of the riders flip the bird and let the rednecks move on. How do you argue?

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 16, 2020 @ 1:01 pm

  3. In the fall of 1958, the year teenchy points out, I was eleven years old, and assiduously following Gil’s efforts to get Mfnrd boys to play on his football team. Sherlock-like, he pointed out the circular reasoning they used to explain why they did not. They needed after school jobs to pay for their cars, which they needed to get to their after school jobs. It wasn’t like they were saving for college or anything. One by one, they decided to give the new gym teacher a chance (he was really cool and flew his own airplane) and the season which might otherwise have been canceled was saved. Gil was 25 or 26 then, and I suppose we should expect him to have lost a step now that he’s 88. It’s no wonder he’s lost track of his kids.

    Comment by vaganova — December 16, 2020 @ 4:26 pm

  4. I used to work with a fella who had a souped up mini van. He probably sold it to Arlo.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 16, 2020 @ 5:06 pm

  5. Arlo did in fact drive a souped up van when I knew him back in the sixties, though I think the van actually belonged to our buddy Ralph Pinto. Arlo’s just announced that he’s cutting back on touring, or in other words retiring. I last saw him in Great Barrington a couple of years ago and he looks great.

    Comment by vaganova — December 16, 2020 @ 7:36 pm

  6. Vaganova, I would have put money that he is deceased. I owe you a dollar and a hearty hand clasp.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 16, 2020 @ 9:31 pm

  7. Did somebody say ‘van’?

    The sad part is I can totally see Milford kids doing this in 2021…

    Comment by Hitorque — December 17, 2020 @ 1:17 am

  8. No worries, Jive Turkey. Arlo is alive and well, living in Great Barrington, not far down Route 7 from Stockbridge.

    Comment by vaganova — December 17, 2020 @ 10:43 am

  9. When my sister and I were wee children, we were big fans on Arlo Guthrie’s The Motorcycle Song. Our parents got us the 45 single to play on our little record player.

    Give Arlo a wave for me if you see him, vaganova.

    Comment by nedryerson — December 17, 2020 @ 12:08 pm

  10. Will do, though I will probably not be in Berkshire County right away.

    Comment by vaganova — December 17, 2020 @ 4:37 pm

  11. Although we can see Sanders Theater from our house, the last time we saw Arlo was in the cafeteria at the University of Chicago, with Shenandoah, many years ago. They all came out in white coats, none very clean.

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — December 18, 2020 @ 7:55 pm

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